The Chino Edit: Our guide to picking the perfect pair

Whether you're looking for a slim-fitting smart pair, or a splash of serious colour — these are the chinos to invest in this season...

A sure staple in the modern man’s wardrobe — whether you’re dressing to impress on a dinner date, trying to strike the right smart-casual note in the office, or just strolling out for a casual coffee, a reliable pair of chinos will always fit the bill handsomely. 

And, with spring well and truly upon us (don’t worry, we’ve done a round-up of the best umbrellas on the market, too), there is no better time to embrace an effortlessly cool preppy style, and pull on a pair yourself.

Read on for our shortlist of the best a man can buy today.

Smarten up with slim-fit

We love these slim-fitting trousers for being the perfect, versatile essential that you can wear everyday without worrying if you’re looking sharp enough for a surprise meeting with the boss. Perfect for giving your jeans a day off — they can also be dressed down with a white T-shirt for an easy spring look.

The Chino Edit: Our guide to picking the perfect pair

Orlebar Brown Ash Slim-Fit Stretch Chinos

£175

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The Chino Edit: Our guide to picking the perfect pair

J.Crew 484 Slim-Fit Chino

£89

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The Chino Edit: Our guide to picking the perfect pair

Polo Ralph Lauren, Stretch Slim Fit Cotton Chino

£119

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Loosen up in linen

Whilst the summer sun might seem an eternity away just now, the suggestion of the clement weather is actually just around the corner. With this in mind, it’s time to turn your attention to some lighter pieces to last you through the warmer months.

Summer trousers require lightweight and breathable materials, and linen chinos come in as our top choice for ticking all the right sartorial boxes.

The Chino Edit: Our guide to picking the perfect pair

Brunello Cucinelli Navy Slim-Fit Pleated Linen And Cotton-Blend Chinos

£570

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The Chino Edit: Our guide to picking the perfect pair

Luca Faloni Sand Linen Trousers

£120

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The Chino Edit: Our guide to picking the perfect pair

Gant Regular Fit Cotton Linen Chinos

£120

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Rest up in relaxed-fit

Your weekend uniform is not complete without a pair of these. This fit is roomy through the seat and thighs, with a tapered, slightly cropped ankle and a streamlined front (i.e. no pleats).

Instead of pairing these with smart shoes, the best way to style these pairs is with simple leather sneakers and a I-just-threw-this-on T-shirt. 

The Chino Edit: Our guide to picking the perfect pair

Orlebar Brown Navy Relaxed Fit Resort Trousers

£185

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The Chino Edit: Our guide to picking the perfect pair

Spoke Fives In Prussian

£89

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The Chino Edit: Our guide to picking the perfect pair

Sir Plus Sage Green Worker Chino Trousers

£155

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Conquer in colour

We know, even the suggestion of introducing a few brighter numbers to your chino repertoire can seem unbearably uncomfortable — and slightly too 2011 — for many. But, trust us when we say that separating the wheat from the chaff in this saturated market will help take your wardrobe to an admirably exciting level.

Here are some of our favourites.

The Chino Edit: Our guide to picking the perfect pair

Spoke Sharps The Smart Ones In Scandi Pink

£95

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The Chino Edit: Our guide to picking the perfect pair

Incotex Slim-Fit Stretch-Cotton Twill Trousers

£215

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Oliver Brown Cotton Drill Trousers in Mid Blue

£89

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